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Why can’t appositives be chained?

“Sam, my brother, John’s cousin, arrived.” I think it’s possible that “my brother” modifies “Sam” and “John’s cousin” modifies “my brother”, and I can’t understand why it shouldn’t? “I love lemon leaf ...
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Should you use appositive in this sentence?

Which one of these sentences is correct? It took him a bit of time to reach the scene, and along the way, he wondered why the ranger, Erick, took so long to kill one rabbit. Or It took him a bit of ...
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Appositive with “no” [closed]

Given the statements "Jennifer is a smart student" and "[this] Jennifer doesn’t exist", I am trying to write a single sentence that explains both these things. I have two ideas ...
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appositive phrase

His belly was swollen—sure signs that he would die soon. It's an example sentence in a workbook. Is the use of signs correct? The plural looks weird.
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Apposition: two actions at the same time

If I was moving quickly and I was moving in the park at the same time, is ‘moving quickly is moving in the park’ a true sentence? I’m confused because I’ve only dealt with object (tangible) apposition....
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Using commas in case of "you" + an appositive

I am not sure if my understanding is correct about how commas must be used in case of a pronoun "you" and an appositive. The wikipedia page on apposition says: And The Blue Book of Grammar ...
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Can appositives modify entire sentences?

On this resource (towards the bottom of the page), it is implied that an appositive can modify an entire sentence. These are the two examples given: Economic changes have reduced Russian population ...
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Commas with restrictive sentences

1:The 1987 movie, Innerspace, was pure science fiction. Would the comma placement here suggest this was the only movie of that year and is it still in a correct appositive structure if the ...
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Can one appositive modify two nouns?

When researching appositives, I have noticed that none of the provided examples (that I can find), such as this sample of my research, demonstrate one appositive modifying two nouns. Here is a simple ...
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Can identification of a noun be done by prenominal modification?

I have seen many examples of identification of a noun by using prenominal modification, in which I had already expected it should be done by "apposition"; for example, in my opinion, the ...
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Can relationship nouns be used as adjectives?

We're all familiar with how an appositive functions: My sister, Mary, came to the party. <--I have one sister. My sister Mary came to the party. <--I have more than one sister. My question is, ...
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Do I need a comma with this appositive about Prince Phillip?

Do I need a comma before the word "dies" in the following sentence?: Prince Philip, husband of the Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II, dies at the age of 99, two months before his ...
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Comma usage influencing context/meaning

a) He continued to mark his papers when student Sarah entered the room. Without the context of say: *his favourite student or a specific description such as the student with the red hair can commas be ...
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Correct usage with definite article/titles

https://blog.inkforall.com/appositive In this example from the resource: 1)The dermatologist, Dr Miller, looked me over from head to toe. Does the removal of the definite article 'the' change the ...
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Do I use appositive clause correctly?

Can I use appositive clause (in bold) in the following way: The merits of technology should never be denied, that they eliminate the inconvenience of attending events in person, be it traffic ...
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appositive clause or relative clause?----" it was the way the setting sun illuminated the yellowing plastic."

Then there it was, an ad for “Joe’s Café,” perched atop a metal pole, which was upright under a cape of kudzu vines. Maybe it was the way the setting sun illuminated the yellowing plastic. Maybe it ...
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"a much older dating method: dendrochronology" or" a much older dating method, dendrochronology"?

They turned to a much older dating method: dendrochronology, the use of tree rings for mapping intervals of time. (From ACT English) Why in this case has it to be a colon, but not a comma? I think ...
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Modifying nouns without relative pronouns or relative proverbs

Do those sentences below sound natural? 1.She’s got that hair the color of chestnut.(Modified by the objective) 2.I looked in the mirror the size of my two hands.(Modifies by the objective) 3.I saw ...
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She's got hair of a raven VS She's got raven hair

She's got hair of a raven Can we just omit "of" when we cannot add a suffix to a noun to turn it into an adjective? For example, She's got raven hair I mean situations where if a suffix ...
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"The theory of organic architecture: that structure should appear " VS "the theory of organic architecture that structure should appear"

In the sentence below: The other theory underlying Wright's design is that of organic architecture: that structure should appear to be an extension of their surroundings. ( From an ACT test) ...
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difference: "namely" and "e.g."

Would there be any difference if "namely" were replaced by "e.g." in the following? Some say "namely" means "that is (to say)" or "i.e." and is used ...
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Appositive phrase usage

Can I use an appositive phrase after a pronoun? Because some non-native speaker said it was grammatically incorrect. Such as, "I, Deep, am learning the English language."
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Usage with appositives and titles

Hermione Granger, a witch at Hogwarts School, is accomplished at spells. The core of this sentence is Hermione Granger is accomplished at spells. (A witch at Hogwarts School is an appositive noun ...
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a Northern Inuit dog, which is a breed with a wolf-like appearance

Consider the following pairs of sentence. The members of each pair differ in the order of a specific term and an explanation of its meaning. a. John bought a Northern Inuit dog, which is a breed with ...
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The uses of appositive in a sentence

AS TAIWANESE CONTEMPLATED the momentous occasion, in March 1996, of being able to choose their president for the first time, China’s Communist Party launched a campaign of intimidation. When I read ...
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Does a that-clause as appositive after a plural noun call for a definite article before it?

Why there is no definite article before "claims' in the following sentence? Does the that-clause after the plural noun 'claims' in the following sentence make it specific? Or is the noun still ...
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that most students do not understand grammar

Is the noun clause an appositive or object complement? Is there any rule or test to identify the noun clause as appositive or object complement? I have often declared the problem that most students ...
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Can an appositive noun not follow the noun in apposition to it?

In ancient times, a great Chinese leader was born: Confucius. Confucius is the appositive noun here, and a great Chinese leader is a noun in apposition to it. Can "Confucius" and "a great Chinese ...
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What (if any) article should I use in constructions like '(the/a) (famous) journalist/actor/writer John Doe'?

No article is used with official titles, like 'President Clinton', but the rule does not apply to all professions, right? I know that in postposition it goes with an indefinite article, like ...
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"Great Leader, X" or "Great Leader X"

I want to know if that comma is necessary in this case, it kinda gives me a feeling that it should be used but I'm not really sure. They went directly to the Great Leader, X They went directly to the ...
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How to use apposition

1- The living room, the biggest room in the house, looks out on to a beautiful garden. 2- We will be rebaptizing you, my most loyal followers. Can I rewrite them as in: 1a- The living room,...
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Can "to-infinitive phrase" be an apposition of "that"?

For example, That, to quit smoking and take care of yourself, is up to you. is this sentence grammatically correct? (I think it's grammatically correct if we think of "to quit smoking and take ...
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Is "meeting you here" the appositive of "a coincidence"?

What a coincidence meeting you here! Today, I came across this expression for the first time. I have three questions of this sentence. Is "meeting you here" the appositive of "a coincidence"? If 1 ...
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I want to know when to able to grammatically omit "that" leading an appositive clause

She had a feeling (that) this would be the last time Back in my school, I learnt not to omit "that' when it's leading an appositive clause as in the example, but I've just heard that with or without "...
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I have no ideas whether it's an appositive case or relative-pronoun case

I went the distance she went. Is this sentence kind of an appositive case? Can we think of "that" as omitted in the sentence as in "I went the distance (that) she went? Here, "that" is leading a ...
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Is this expression right?

With my good friend, Brian's help, I can skate very well now. I wonder whether this expression is right, since 'Brian's help' and 'my good friend' seem to be in apposition.
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Position of appositive

Sometimes, I confuse a little bit about the position of "appositive". The competitive environment is increasingly complexe and unpredictable , demanding flexibility and quick response to its ...
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"Dobby the house-elf's former owners"

Edging along the second row to three still-empty seats right behind Mr. Weasley were none other than Dobby the house-elf's former owners: Lucius Malfoy; his son, Draco; and a woman Harry supposed must ...
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apposition: The baby tiger Bobo

I'd like to know which of the following is good English: a. The baby tiger Bobo weighs 20 kilos now. b. Bobo the baby tiger weighs 20 kilos now. If there is more than one baby tiger in the ...
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How to understand: "felony aggravated indecent assault" in this context?

The scene outside the court was quite a spectacle, but inside, Cosby was given some relatively good news. While his conviction on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault had the potential ...
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Using the word "native" in non-restrictive appositives

Which way is grammatically correct, using it as an adjective ("native") or as a noun ("a native" or "the native")? Alice Shimmer, native of Shiksenburg, was less forthcoming about the ...
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Negation with an appositive containing multiple elements

I don't like the names Axel and Brook. I don't like the names Axel or Brook. I don't like the name Axel, and I don't like the name Brook. I don't like the name Axel or the name Brook. Which ...
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Comma usage names

One helpful set of terms is essential vs. nonessential. When the identifier makes sense in the sentence by itself, then the name is nonessential and you use a comma before it. Otherwise, no comma. ...
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Does it matter which way I order appositives?

Which is correct? A person sued BigCorp, the biggest company on Earth. A person sued the biggest company on Earth, BigCorp. Are there any semantic differences between the 2 sentences? Is ...
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What's the grammar of "What was it you said?"?

"Zootopia" around 00:40:49/01:48:32 Scene 17: Running the Plate [Judy and Nick leave the Oasis; Nick turns to Judy, straightening his tie] Nick Wilde: Well, I had a ball. You are welcome ...
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Composite subject

"We fellows will also get dressed for dinner." What kind of function does the word "fellows" bear in the sentence above ?
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What is the grammatical function of the bold it in the sentence?

Family planning policy in China takes place against one stark fact. This is that China has 22% of the people in the world, but only 7% of the total land. To allow such a huge population to expand ...
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What's the grammar rule for "article before appositive noun"?

In the following sentence, can we leave out articles? If we can, what's the grammar rule? John Lennon, (an) English singer, (a) musician, was born in Liverpool. I read a sentence in Advanced ...
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Is this sentence grammatical? And is it a case of apposition?

Cranston loved this place, a veritable den of iniquity but one which sold good ales, fine wine and delicious food. It's from a book. I am wondering about its grammaticality. Is "a veritable den of ...
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Appositives: Should there be a comma with "that" in this sentence?

While writing a sentence like the one below, should I insert a comma after "that movie"(to mean one and only film) or withhold the comma as it is? Her life was a lot like that movie Sleepless in ...